Vietnam’s northern mountainous provinces are particularly vulnerable to intense storms which may become more frequent and intense due to the impact of climate change. The area is already prone to landslides and floods, but these could become more severe, damaging infrastructure and livelihoods and leaving the provinces with irreplaceable losses. To help the Vietnamese government and communities to protect rural infrastructure from the impacts of climate change, the GEF-funded project Promoting Climate Resilient Rural Infrastructure in Northern Vietnam was implemented in 2012.
What have we learned about bioengineering and its potential to increase infrastructure resilience to the impacts of climate change? From the 4th to the 6th of October, ICEM - International Centre for Environmental Management, together with Asian Development Bank (ADB), Ministry of Agricultural and Rural Development (MARD) and United Nations Development Program (UNDP), hosted a workshop to review the results of four bioengineering demonstration sites, summarize the lessons learned, and discuss the way forward.
A new generation of Vietnamese engineers are being introduced to the concept of green infrastructure and bioengineering that can be used to reduce the vulnerability of infrastructure to climate change. This September, ICEM team led a group of professors and students from University of Transport and Communications (UTC) on a field visit to a bioengineering demonstration site in Thai Nguyen.
On the 13th and 14th of June, 2016, together with ADB and MARD, ICEM hosted the Bioengineering Workshop: Design & Construction (Roads) in Thai Nguyen. The workshop is the latest development of the ADB project Promoting Climate Resilience in Rural Infrastructure in Northern Vietnam.
Bioengineering Project in Bac Kan, Vietnam Sees Early Success ICEM's first bioengineered slope project in Bac Kan Province is showing early signs of success. The test site is divided into four sections, with each section testing and showcasing a different green infrastructure technique. The sections showing the most growth thus far are sections 1 and 4, Brush Layering and Vetiver Grass.
ICEM, ADB and MARD hold a workshop on Bioengineering: Design and Construction for Riverbanks. The workshop covered the various stages of riverbank protection: objectives, planning, site investigation, selection of options, design, and also included a site visit to the demonstration site at SP4 in Thanh Mai Commune, where construction is now complete.
Construction has commenced on Sub-Project 4 at the Cau River, Cho Moi District, Bac Kan with a launching ceremony attended by CPMU, DARD, PPMU Bac Kan, Thanh Mai CPC, Cung Kieu Construction Company and ICEM. The project is part of the ICEM-implemented TA 8102-VIE: Promoting climate resilient rural infrastructure in Northern Vietnam.
ICEM has been awarded an Asia wide Urban Resilience prize for its work on “Green Infrastructure as a Foundation for Resilience in Mekong Towns.” In October, the U.S. Global Development Lab, USAID's Regional Development Mission for Asia, UN Habitat and UNDP hosted the Asia Urban Futures Workshop, a two-day international meeting to address climate-related issues and opportunities facing rapidly urbanising Asian cities. The meeting brought science and technology together with the development community to discuss these rising challenges and share solutions.
Tropical storms demonstrate the need for bioengineered solutions to climate change impacts in rural Vietnam
Heavy rains and flash floods caused by tropical storms this month are causing considerable damage to rural infrastructure in northern Vietnam. Projected impacts from climate change threaten to make conditions in poor mountainous areas even worse in the near future.
A Launch Workshop was held for the project Promoting Climate Resilient Rural Infrastructure in Northern Vietnam. The Launch Workshop was held on 30 January 2013 at the Agricultural Projects Management Board (APMB) offices in Hanoi with 28 participants including representatives of Vietnam Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) and the APMB, Bac Kan and Son La Provincial Project Management Units (PPMU), ADB and UNDP, and the ICEM team and support staff.
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has contracted ICEM to provide technical assistance to the Vietnam Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) to implement the project to Promote Climate Resilient Rural Infrastructure in Northern Vietnam. The objective of the overall project is to reduce vulnerability of local infrastructure in the northern mountain areas of Vietnam to the adverse impacts of climate change, and also to create a policy framework conducive to promoting resilient development in the northern mountains zone.